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Legal Action and Controversy Follow Awarding of Arctic Surf Clam License

When Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced his intention last fall to introduce a fourth license for Arctic surf clams, representing 25 per cent of the total allowable catch (TAC), speculation and controversy quickly followed. And that controversy came to a head Feb. 21 when LeBlanc announced, to the surprise of many industry stakeholders, that the new license for Arctic surf clams would be going to the newly created Five Nations Clam Company. The minister said the Five Nations ...

N.S. Fishing Industry Gathers for Annual Conference

Photo above: More than 400 fishing industry harvesters, processors and representatives gathered in Halifax on Feb. 22 and 23 for the 20th annual Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Conference, which also attracted 40 exhibitors to the accompanying trade show. Kathy Johnson photo. More than 400 fishing industry harvesters, processors and representatives gathered in Halifax on Feb. 22 and 23 for the 20th annual Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquacult...

Positive News for N.L. Snow Crab Stocks

After reporting years of diminishing snow crab stocks, scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are painting a somewhat brighter picture for the upcoming 2018 fishery off Newfoundland and Labrador. DFO snow crab lead Dr. Darrell Mullowney said recently that the fishable biomass off Newfoundland (NAFO areas 2HJ3KLNOP4R) is still at a low level, but has shown some small signs of improvement and should be on par with 2016 stock numbers, bucking a trend that demonstrated ...

Northern Shrimp Biomass in SFA 6 Continues at Critical Level

It looks as though the Northern shrimp fishery off Newfoundland’s northeast coast will soon be receiving another quota cut. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans held a technical briefing recently regarding the 2018 Northern shrimp stock assessment and as was the trend over the last decade, the news was not good — particularly in the beleaguered shrimp fishing area (SFA) 6. SFA 6 is where the majority of the inshore shrimp fishery takes place. DFO scientists announced that in the ...

Search and Rescue Lifeboat Station to be Based in Old Perlican

Above photo: Newfoundland M.P., Churence Rogers The federal government recently confirmed an earlier promise to build a new Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Lifeboat Station at Old Perlican, N.L. to allow for better response to marine emergencies on the east coast of Newfoundland. The Bay de Verde Peninsula was selected based on identified gaps in the Coast Guard’s maritime search and rescue response capacity as well as an anticipated increase in vessel traffic in the ...

DFO Announces New Gulf Crab Fishing Regulations

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans recently announced new fishery management measures for gear configuration for the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence snow crab fishery that will reduce risks to endangered North Atlantic right whales and help ensure their survival. These new fishery measures take into account feedback that was shared at the Ministerial Roundtable on North Atlantic Right Whales hosted by DFO Minister Dominic LeBlanc in Moncton, New Brunswick on November 9, 2017. The ...

Pending Changes to Federal Environmental Assessment Legislation Cause for Concern

Above photo: More than 100 people demonstrated in Halifax on Jan. 24 to raise awareness about plans to modify the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. A growing consortium of more than 20 Atlantic Canadian and Quebec community, environmental, Indigenous, fishery and non-governmental organizations have come together to form the Offshore Alliance. The organization’s goal is to sound the alarm bells about pending changes to federal legislation that may give east coast petroleum ...

Minister Announces Changes to the Fisheries Act

On February 6, Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced amendments to the Fisheries Act that would restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards to protect our fish and their habitat for generations to come. LeBlanc said the Government of Canada is putting in place better rules to protect the environment. “To preserve, protect and help restore our environment we need a Fisheries Act that Canadians can trust. Today, I am pleased ...

Lobster Bycatch Monitoring

Final Details Being Worked Out for At-Sea Data Collection in Fishery With the implementation of regular at-sea data collection across all inshore lobster fishing areas (LFAs) in the Maritimes Region starting this fall in LFAs 33 to 3, and in the spring of 2019 for LFAs 27 to 32 and Area 38B, the push is on to finalize the details. The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has notified all inshore lobster licence holders of the pending management changes. DFO is advising harvesters to ...

One More Giant on the Line

P.E.I. Bluefin Tuna Harvesters Optimistic About Quota Increase P.E.I.’s commercial bluefin tuna license holders have a reason to be optimistic these days. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) recently increased the Western Atlantic allocation of tuna for 2018. The Western Atlantic region includes Canada, the U.S., Japan, Mexico and parts of the U.K. and France. The total allowable tonnage will increase from 2,000 tonnes to 2,350 tonnes. Assuming ...